Here's a first glimpse of my current work, presently underway! Notice how my thread is green? One of my favorite things is seeing the thread appear, like little colored stripes in candy, through the transparent beads I use on each and every animal (often the belly). I find the visual texture of glass, colored plush, colored thread, and reflected light altogether fascinating, especially with the way the object's surface starts warping and undulating as I add more and more beads... The way the lines of the thread point in different directions... The way one starts to question what the eyes perceive: What color beads are these, really?!
They're just plain, transparent, colorless, glass beads. Size 11.
I have learned from experience to start with the belly. And then move on to any other difficult undercuts. In this case, the next most difficult area to bead will be the antlers. So I've started on those with some lined beads that look like neon confetti. The same kind I used on my hippo. After the antlers, I'll move to the legs, then perhaps the tail, before returning to the details of the face.
I went ahead and beaded the eyes on my moose, just so I could pack those particular beads away, again. But the face is a relatively easy area to bead. Once the details (like eyes and nostrils) are fixed, it's just a matter of filling in around them. The body is like that, too. So I'll pay close attention to the undercuts (such as under the legs, under the chin, behind the ears, or antlers in this case!), and then set about filling in the broader and more accessible areas in-between, until the whole object is thoroughly beaded. When I'm finished, you may not be able to see the original color at all — except through the transparent glass lining the belly.
You'd be surprised how fast this work can seem to go. I like to run movies or television series in the background, while I work. Keeps my ears and mind sufficiently engaged, while my hands and eyes are busy. But the movies and/or shows just seem to whiz by, like nothing could ever be long enough! Ha! It's not for everybody, but it suits me just fine.